Teacher career reforms in Colombia - Country note
The organization and management of teacher careers have been central to Colombia’s strategy for education quality improvement. Since the early 2000s, the country has experienced many education reforms that have significantly changed the teacher career structure in terms of procedures governing entry into the profession, salary increase modalities, and teacher evaluation. A new career structure was adopted in 2002. All new entrants to the profession have since joined under that scheme. Thus, teachers belong to one of two career models, depending on when they joined the profession. The single salary schedule model, which grants periodical pay rises to teachers regardless of performance quality, applies to teachers who entered the profession before 2002. Teachers who joined the profession after 2002 are subject to a salary progression model based on an annual performance evaluation and a competence evaluation.